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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 25 Issue 5 May 2012


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Maine Coastal News FREE JOHN'S BAY BOAT CO. LAUNCHES DELUSIONAL


DELUSIONAL getting her first sea trial run just off the dock at John's Bay Boat Company in South Bristol on 7 April.


SOUTH BRISTOL – There have been a lot of changes in most everything we do. Unfortu- nately, a lot of the traditional things have disappeared, some of it lost for good, and some of this could create a terrible hardship if things ever regress. Certain people still enjoy doing things the traditional way and fortunately there are people willing to pay for what they do. It is no surprise to most that John’s Bay Boat Company of South Bristol, who builds traditional wooden boats, mostly for lobster fishermen, has several boats on order and looks to be busy for quite some time. Then there is the customer, Alan Dugas, who works hard running a successful boat yard, but also truly appreciates tradition, having owned a number of classic wooden lobster boats. His brother Scott has owned four John’s Bay Boat Company boats, but when it was learned that Alan had placed an order some of us were pleasantly surprised. A crowd of about 200 people gathered at John’s Bay Boat Company as they launched their latest boat, DELUSIONAL. It was a nice sunny day, warm in the sun, but blowing hard out of the northwest. There on a cradle, on a railway sat DELUSIONAL. Those in atten- dance walked up the gangway and toured the boat as all waited for high tide to arrive. Just after noon time, the gangway was taken down, people moved in closer and Alan’s daughter Molly, who was just a bit nervous, stepped towards the bow. Alan had been telling her he had a speech for her to read,


which made her even more nervous, but there was no speech. She was handed the bottle of champagne, she lined the bottle up with the stem and took a big swing. Strike one. Now even more nervous, she reeled back, lined up the bottle with the stem again, and swung once more. Strike two. Undaunted, she pulled back the bottle one more time and swung and this time the bottle shattered and the cham- pagne flew everywhere with the remnants running down the stem. Slowly the boat started to move and then she began gaining speed until she crashed into the water to the cheers of the crowd and the shot of a cannon. Like all boats built by the John’s Bay Boat Company they set a high standard and DELUSIONAL was no exception. This hull was built a couple of years ago for a customer from New York. They had moved the wood in and was getting ready to begin construction when the owner called and due to the reces- sion wanted to put the project on hold. Owner Peter Kass told him that really put him in a bind. The owner said, ‘Well, I am not cancel- ling, I still want it, and this is just a delay’ Knowing that he had put Peter in a tough spot said that he did have some money set aside and he could borrow some to hold him over. Peter did not feel comfortable borrowing money that he had not earned. A couple of days later he called the owner and proposed that if he could scrape up a little more money they could build the hull and that if he still wanted to hold off that he would store the


DELUSIONAL sitting in her cradle just before being launched.


boat for nothing until they were ready. Unfor- tunately when the hull was complete the economy was no better and the owner de- cided to put it outside. Peter added, “We were supposed to finish the boat for him this winter. He called and said that he wanted to do it, but then he seemed to lose interest again.”


In the meantime, Alan was looking around at used John’s Bay boats and even went and looked at one his brother had built ten years ago. He made an offer, but the owner thought the offer was too low. Peter and Alan were discussing the boat when Peter asked


C o n t e n t s


Calendar of Events Publisher's Note


R. E. Thomas Marine Hardware MARY DAY Turns 50


Waterfront News MMA News 9


4 4 5 6


Navtronics Southport Boats


National Ocean Plan Microbial Pillow Gundalow


Yachting Series


8 8 9 9


10 10


Commercial Fishing News DELA News


Misc. Commercial Fishing News Boat Yard News Schooner Adrift


Seventies Memories - The Crews


11 12 14 20 20


Bangor Commercial - 1907 Classified Ads


22 25-29


him to finish the hull off he had in the yard. Peter told him it was going to cost more, but he would end up with a new boat just the way he wanted. Plus, it was not ten years old. Alan thought about this for a couple of days and called Peter and said he liked that idea. The next question was whether he wanted it than or wait for Peter to build another boat and then start his in the spring. Alan did not take long thinking about this and said ‘let’s do it now.’ This worked well for both, especially Alan who now has a boat for the summer.


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